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Two Tax Strikes against Dunne?


cut taxes for the workers


First, there was the Carpark Tax.

That didn’t go down well…


Government ditches controversial car park tax plan

Acknowledgement: Government ditches controversial car park tax plan


Strike one.

Then there was the “Talk Tax” on cellphone, ipads, smartphones, laptops, and  all manner of other gadgets. The business sector didn’t like that idea, either…


Cellphone, laptop tax plan scrapped

Acknowledgement: TVNZ – Cellphone, laptop tax plan scrapped


Strike two.

Next up, perhaps one of the meanest taxes ever…


'Paper boy tax' on small earnings stuns Labour - stamped questionmark

Acknowledgement: NZ Herald – Budget 2012 ‘Paper boy tax’ on small earnings stuns Labour


Made all the meaner because children cannot vote and therefore this is taxation without representation.

By contrast, the tax cuts of 2009 and 2010 gave the biggest cuts to the wealthiest in this country,




Tax rates October 2010


The 2010 tax cuts alone gave Dear Leader an extra $291 extra per  week, on his old salary of $390,000 p.a. (see: $4b in tax cuts coming) – on the backs of school children doing paper-rounds and other part-time work, for pocket money, it could be said.

Key’s  salary has since increased to 411,510 – plus perks, allowances, superannuation, etc (see: Salaries payable under section 16 of Civil List Act 1979).

For Key, it’s apparently a “non-issue,

“A lot of people didn’t know they were entitled to them so they didn’t bother claiming. The amounts were fairly small and overall we have been trying to clean up the tax code.”

See:  Key rejects criticism of ‘paperboy tax’

I guess when you have $50 million stashed in bank accounts all over the place it’s fairly hard to identify with a kid earning $40 a week?

By what definition of fairness can we justify someone earning $390,000 a year getting an extra $291 a week – whilst paper boys and girls – who are paid a pittance anyway – are taxed for the few dollars they work for? Are we really that desperate as a nation? And then we wonder why our young people are buggering off to Australia and elsewhere?


The Final Goodbye


If there’s one single example of where our society has gone terribly wrong since 1984 – this, to me, is it.

It’s fairly apparent to everyone except the most sycophantic National supporter that the ’09 and ’10 taxcuts left a gaping hole in the government’s revenue. (see: Outlook slashes tax-take by $8b) Dunne’s pathetic attempts at raising additional taxes is simply a consequence of tax-cuts that were unaffordable three years ago – and remain unaffordable to this day.

On the issue of the “Paperboy/girl Tax”, I look forward to the business sector campaigning hard to scrap that, as they did with the “Carpark” and “Talk” taxes.

After all, the members of the Employers and Manufacturers Association have kids of their own.

Isn’t campaigning on behalf of your own children as important as a carpark?




Key defends tax cuts in light of zero Budget (2 April 2012)

Key rejects criticism of ‘paperboy tax’ (25 May 2012)

Car park tax opposition cuts across cultural, class divide (19 March 2013)



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  1. SpaceMonkey
    20 March 2013 at 8:53 am

    But haven’t these ridiculous tax proposals done a good job of shutting down discussion on Solid Energy and any questions around what might be on (or off) the books of Mighty River Power that potential “investors” don’t know about?

    • 20 March 2013 at 10:52 am

      Oh, indeed, SM. It’s why I’ve been having a “poke around” looking at Mighty River Power’s financial position… Events in Cile indicate that not all is well with MRP.

  2. 20 March 2013 at 10:37 am

    Yeah a diversion of the first order.

    While they do there dirty deed.

  3. Robert
    22 March 2013 at 9:32 am

    NZ has it in for young people. The paperboy tax, youth rates…it’s enough to encourage those young workers this country desperately needs to support our aging population to piss off overseas permanently, or only work for cash.

    This nation was built on cashies, and no doubt the younger generations will be well versed in the art by the time they reach working age and have a habit of avoiding taxable income for the rest of their lives.

    Hard to decide whether I’m more insulted that young people are being taken advantage of for small change, or that the government thinks they are too stupid to figure it out and take up other more appealing options.

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